Latino representation disappears from Netflix

By Mariana Montoya

On Thursday Netflix made the decision to cancel the show “One Day at A Time” after a run of three seasons. 

Netflix pulled the plug on “One Day at a Time” because of its low viewership, even though the show had a perfect score on rotten tomatoes. 

This decision lead to an uproar on various social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook leading to the creation of hashtags such as #SaveODAAT and #OneDayAtATime. 

Petitions also started for Netflix to withdraw its decision, and renew the show. 

According to an article in the New York Times “It’s a loss for Latino audiences that is even more profound than the industry’s diversity numbers reveal.”

Pictures with messages, and different articles were published where people expressed their outrage and disappointment at having this show cancelled.  

The show is a remake. However it was modified from its original version. 

In the original series the main cast was predominately white playing Latinos. 

In this version the main cast is Latino. It was a clear change from the regular family shows. 

In this show a woman was the head of the Latin household, making it culturally different and progressive in the Latino world. 

Many disagreed with the decision Netflix made. Many claimed that Netflix was turning its back on Latinos. 

Latinos are the highest consumers of Netflix, and the ones who are least represented. 

The reason behind such claims was because the sitcom represented the story of many Hispanic families who are in the United States seeking validation. 

For many years Latinos have struggled to find their place within society, and such shows shed light on all these untold day to day struggles, and stories. 

“I liked One day at a Time. It was hilarious, it was sad, but it also felt very relatable to my own crazy family,” said Bryan Holguin, freshman student at East Los Angeles College. “I cannot believe there is not going to be a fourth season on Netflix.” 

“One Day at a Time” embodied the story of  a new aged Cuban American family in many different ways. 

“There aren’t many shows that highlight Latinos in a positive light,” actress Anjelah Johnson wrote on her twitter account. “This  was one of them. It was good and now it’s gone. I hope it gets another opportunity to live somewhere else, because we need it.” 

The shows storylines captivated its viewers with relatable family arguments. 

It also demonstrated the struggles of teenagers growing up, being able to come out freely, and the true definition of love in a family. 

It also demonstrated the pressures single mothers go through juggling a family with a full time job, finding love and even some time for themselves. 

It gave voice to the ongoing struggles many individuals go through such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, homosexuality and non-binary gender identities. 

All within the setting of a Latino family.  

 With witty diva like comments such as “The condiment or the dance? I am equipped for both,” grandma and matriarch Lydia played by Rita Moreno won over her audience.

“Lydia was my favorite, she made me laugh so much with her random comments,” Maria del Carmen Ontiveros said. “She was a typical Cuban grandmother.”

 The future for “One day at a Time” is still unclear. 

Gloria Calderon Kellet the show creator and series runner along with other executive producers are looking for a new home for this show. 

Hopefully they will be able to find one for the sake of their fans. 

Allowing them to continue telling stories that are different and that give insight to a different style of living.

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